About Us



Extinguish Hunger – Ignite Hope! 

Our Mission Statement:

The Walker Area Food Shelf is a non-profit organization dedicated to assist individuals who are in need of food, striving to preserve dignity, extend respect, and maintain confidentiality to all clients.  We will educate clients on other services for which they may qualify such as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), NAPS (Supplemental Assistance Program for Seniors), and other social service programs.


Our History:

In 1976 a group of area churches joined hands under the leadership of Arden Johnson, Pastor of Community Church of Walker.  This group identified the need, and formed the Walker Area Food Shelf (WAFS) with Alice Tausch serving as the first director.  Food was collected by local churches, and distributed in pre-packaged boxes through Bi-County Community Action Programs (BI-CAP).  WAFS has maintained continuous operation since 1976, and in 1994 became a 501 (c)  (3) non-profit organization.  We moved to our current location in 2007.  With the help of area businesses and civic organizations, local churches continue to provide strategic management of the food shelf and volunteers from their congregations on a monthly rotation.

Our Board of Directors:

◊ Robin Wilson, Executive Director (St. Agnes Catholic Church)

◊ Randy Matsen, Chairperson (Hope Lutheran Church)

◊ Bev Jorland, Secretary (Community Church)

◊ Babs Debes, Treasurer (St. Agnes Catholic Church)

◊ Linda Nye, Assistant Treasurer (Calvary Church)

◊ Cheri Ford, Previous Director (Calvary Church)

◊ Gay Jacobson (Community Church)

◊ Diane Busack (Immanuel Lutheran Church)

◊ Terri Fierstine (St. Agnes Catholic Church)

◊ Jane Baker